Zoos must be compassionate and demonstrate a fundamental commitment to being patient-centered” [BM15]. This means that us, visitors, need to switch our attitude from one of a passive consumer to one of active empathy and compassion [RN16].
11 Easy Visitor Rules
To help protect animals in Captivity
⏸ Let’s pause for a moment so that we enter this zoo or sanctuary in an empathic, humble state of mind. How can we do that? Close your eyes and take a mental step into this world. Try to be this animal. Imagine yourself in that enclosure for your entire life. Also, think about the conditions you would want as an ideal environment for yourself. Let that sink in… and then observe… Would you be content with what you see?… Doing this little exercise should you help to get into a mental state appropriate for the visit.
Knowing is Caring: Learn before you go. Follow this simple and important code of conduct for maximizing both your experience and the quality of life of the wild patients of any facility that exhibits captive wildlife…
1 | ☮ Quiet Down
2 | 🙈 Disappear visually
3 | 👃 Favor your true smell
4 | 🚫 Stick to the path
5 | 🐌 Slow down
6 | ⛏ No climbing
7 | 👐🏽 Keep your hands quiet
8 | 🍔 Keep them on a wild diet
9 | 🐆 Be 'them'
10 | 🚮 Keep it clean
11 | 💬 Ask & ask again
If additionally, you want to contribute actively to improving the living standards of the average zoo or sanctuary, then please take a moment to get familiar with our Zoo Evaluation Guide. By doing so, you will have tools to better understand what you’re seeing, and potentially you will help those facilities who need your feedback so as to spread stronger welfare standards locally and globally.
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